1. Bodily Injury Liability
Bodily injury liability
coverage can help protect you against financial loss if you hurt someone in an accident. For example, if you accidentally run a red light and injure someone, this coverage can help pay for their medical treatment. Most states require you to have bodily injury liability coverage.
2. Property Damage Liability
Property damage liability
coverage pays for damage that your car causes to property you don’t own. This includes fences, mailboxes and other cars. For example, if you take out a neighbor’s mailbox while driving in a heavy rain storm, this liability insurance can help pay for the damages. Most states require that you carry property damage liability coverage.
3. Collision Coverage
helps pay for damage done to your car if you hit another vehicle or object. For example, if you back into a tree, this coverage can help pay for the damages to your car. Collision insurance is not required by state laws, but your lender may require that you purchase this coverage.
4. Comprehensive Coverage
Collision with an animal
For example, if you park your car under a tree and heavy snow takes down a branch that breaks your windshield, comprehensive coverage, often called “other than collision coverage,” can help pay the cost of repairs. Just like collision coverage, comprehensive insurance is not state required, but if you finance or lease your car, your lender may require you to have it.
5. Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage helps cover damages if you are hit by a driver who doesn’t have car insurance or doesn’t have enough car insurance to cover the costs of damages and injuries. This insurance is split into three coverages:
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is not required in all states. It’s important to check your state to see what the minimum requirements are for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage where you live.
6. Medical Payments Coverage
Medical payments coverage
helps pay for medical expenses and rehabilitation. This optional coverage may not be available in all states. However, if you have medical payments coverage and get into a car accident in another state, your coverage applies no matter where your accident happens.
7. Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Personal injury protection
(PIP) insurance, also known as no-fault insurance
, helps pay for losses related to injuries from a car accident, no matter who was at fault. In addition to medical bills, personal injury protection
(PIP) can also help cover funeral costs or lost wages. Keep in mind this is not available in all states, but is required in certain states.
Additional Types of Auto Insurance Coverage You May Need
Full Glass Coverage
Full auto glass insurance
can help pay for your car’s headlights, mirrors and window repairs with no deductible. For example, let’s say a thief breaks in by smashing your car window. The estimate to repair it is $600. If you only have comprehensive auto insurance, you’ll pay the deductible before your policy kicks in to repair your windshield. With full glass coverage, the cost of repairing the window will be covered in full with no out-of-pocket costs to you. Keep in mind that this type of insurance can vary by state and isn’t always available.
Car Towing Coverage
Car towing coverage
helps pay towing and labor charges associated with getting your vehicle running again in the event of a breakdown. For example, if your car battery dies on the interstate, this coverage can help pay for the costs of having your car jump-started. Towing coverage is optional and your state will not require you to have this coverage.
Personal Umbrella Insurance
Personal umbrella insurance
goes beyond accidents and damages. It can help if a covered loss exceeds the liability coverage limits of your home or auto policy. For example, if someone sues you and the damages are more than the liability limit on your primary coverage, umbrella insurance can help pay the excess costs. This coverage is optional and not required by law in any state, but you may want to consider adding it to your current coverage for extra protection.
Your gap insurance
can help pay the difference between your car’s actual cash value and the amount you owe on your car loan if it’s stolen or totaled. Most people buy this coverage for leased or financed vehicles. This type of coverage is not mandated by state law, but if you have a car loan, gap insurance may be a coverage requirement from your lender.
Rental Car Reimbursement Coverage
Rental car reimbursement
coverage, also known as transportation expense coverage, helps pay for a rental car in the event of a covered comprehensive or collision loss. For example, if you slide off a wet road and crash into a tree while driving, this coverage could help pay for the charges to rent a replacement vehicle while your car gets repaired. This coverage is not required by law in any state, but may be an optional coverage that would be helpful if you were in a car accident and couldn’t use your car temporarily.
Rental Car Insurance
If you’re renting a car for leisure, you’ll need to have liability coverage. Rental companies usually offer rental car insurance
in the form of a collision damage waiver or loss damage waiver. Signing these will keep you from being held financially responsible if there’s damage to the car or someone breaks into it. However, your existing car insurance may also cover damage to your rental car if you’re in a car accident. If you plan to rent a car, call your insurance company beforehand to be sure you’re covered.
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